"Boost"radiation?

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"Boost"radiation?

by Snobrd03 on Thu Jun 28, 2012 03:18 AM

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My husband just completed 38 treatments of X-ray radiation due to a recurrence of Prostate cancer after 10 yrs. the dr.is having him do a different type called "boost"radiation To the prostate bed for 4 days only.Does anyone know what exactly this is?? Thanks.

RE: "Boost"radiation?

by Sandyx5 on Mon Sep 10, 2012 05:42 PM

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I started radiation treatments (neck and mouth) in June. I had extensive excision in my mouth again (for the umpteenth time) and modified radical neck (34 nodes removed on one side) on March 29.

After 25-26 treatments, (I won't go into problems or issues that cropped up....they're all fairly "normal" and effect us all to varying degrees) I was told that "angles" would be reduced from 18 to only 5...thereby reducing my time (in that damned mask) and on the dreaded table.

I was in a Radiation Oncology Center in a large city teaching hospital where they had the newer Verians (IMRT machines) and was told that I was lucky because older machines (like most satellite cancer centers have) would have meant nearly an hour in that damned mask and on that dreaded table instead of the 20-25 minutes I hated.

Anyway, my excitement at having only five angles with this "boost" was soon gone...replaced with horror. "Boost" meant (in my case) that they targeted specific areas with intense and much higher dose of radiation than the delicately targeted 18 angles had been previously. The external "burn" to my neck and chin was nothing compared to the hellish burns in my throat, mouth and tongue from that damn "boost". Boost....such an innocent word.

I'm almost two months post-treatment. I just started reduced Fentanyl dose (from 25mcg to 12mcg). I asked to start weaning myself from narcotics. I'm sleeping better now but taking more Roxicet. I hope to be narcotic free in a couple of weeks. The oncologist keeps saying "Are you sure you're ready for this?"

My question is...what is "normal" for two months post neck and mouth radiation treatments...as far as pain treatment goes? How long have others continued narcotic pain relief after finishing their radiation treatment of neck?

Thanks for letting me tell my story.

Sandyx5 (5 time survivor)
My first oral cancer was in 1987, 2nd in 1990, 3rd in 1993, 4th in 2002 and 5th (last I hope) oral cancer was this spring....but also in lymph node. Each time five year survival rate is 50/50. I intend to beat the odds again.

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